Since the beginning of the year when Ford first announced their plans for their resurrected 2020 Ford Bronco, everybody has been trying to figure out what this modern day version of the legendary vehicle might look like. But, after this newly surfaced information, the 2020 Ford Bronco might turn out to be a completely different animal than what most of the Bronco enthusiasts expect to see when the re-imagined model hits the showrooms in the 2020 model year.
As GearPatrol reports, an anonymous Ford engineer has come out to say that the Bronco’s hulking off-road appeal will be the thing of the past. Reportedly, the new model of the Ford Bronco will be more akin to the likes of Jeep Wrangler that its original incarnation. The new model will be taking some design cues from one of its biggest future rivals, but not too many. Designers over at Ford have supposedly been butting heads over the direction in which they see the new Bronco going. So, as a result, the 2020 Ford Bronco is currently going through the third design phase that will reduce the similarities with the Wrangler.
Furthermore, the source also said the Bronco will take inspiration from the Wrangler in all important elements, except the off-road capabilities. He stated that “They want it comparable [to the Wrangler] in every way, except rock crawling. That’s based on some of the concerns with the frame.” The new Bronco is supposed to share its core architecture with the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger.The new model will also, according to the anonymous source, share the design concept of the Ford Troller. The new Bronco will reportedly look like a four door version of it, disappointing many of its fans who might have been expecting to see the return of the classic two-door variant.
Engine and Powertrain
Aside from all the design gossip, our anonymous source also took time to disclose some details about the supposed engine and powertrain configuration of the new Bronco. According to him the new model could very likely be powered by the company’s reliable 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Under the hood of the Ford Fusion Sport, this V-6 is able to deliver up to 325 horsepower, which is just about right for the vehicle of Bronco’s statue. The new model could also come in a hybrid variant, since rumor has it that Ford is seriously considering this notion.
2020 Ford Bronco Release Date and Price
Ford is yet to announce the official release date for the 2020 Ford Bronco, but the new model is set to make its return in the 2020 model year. The Bronco will follow the release of the new Ranger, which is expected to hit the showrooms sometime in 2019. As for the prices, Ford is yet to share the details, but we expect them to range from $40.000-$60.000, but we’ll know for sure when the official information gets released.